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Where does this abbreviation come from? The National Park Service assigns each unit it manages (National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, etc.) a unique abbreviation code to help standardize communications both internally and externally. But due to the large number of units
involved something as simple as SNP, for example, was not going to work because which national park would you be referring to-- Saguaro, Sequoia or Shenandoah? Can you figure out the basic pattern they ended up using for these abbreviations (as in most cases, there are exceptions to the rule)?
1. A four-letter combination.
2. If a unit name consists of two words then it’s assigned the first two letters of each word. (i.e. LAKE CLARK National Park & Preserve = LACL)
3. If a unit name consists of only one word then it’s assigned the first four letters of that word. (i.e. DENALI National Park & Preserve = DENA)
So become a National Park System Insider by learning and using these abbreviations.
For fun and practicing your detective skills - see how many exceptions to the rule you can find!
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve was designated as part of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act signed by President Jimmy Carter on December 2, 1980. Located entirely north of the Arctic Circle, the park and preserve is the second largest park in Alaska, covering over 8 million acres. This roadless landscape is accessible only by foot or air taxi and encompasses much of the Brooks Range. People have lived in the Brooks Range area for over 12,000 years, and the park protects the most extensive archeological records of any park in Alaska. Those living in the area today hold to the traditions of their ancestors, relying on native fish, wildlife and plants for their survival.